Canard Duchene (NM-137-004), Authentic Brut, Ludes, Montagne de Reims, Marne, France, NV
This wine: lot No. L7Y3NAE06, a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, natural mushroom cork closure, cork code R3A04, 12% abv, widely available, ~£ 27 (12/17)
Consumer tasting note: a rather old example perhaps, showing modest gas pressure and mousse persistence, nevertheless it is well-balanced with fresh acidity; there are aromas of warm bread dough, Digestive biscuit, baked apple, and hints of liquorice and caramel; a medium body, with flavours of Danish pastry, warm malted bread dough and a hint of powdered ginger. Finishes medium. No need to decant, the wine does evolve in the glass, but if you wait more than a very few minutes, you will be left with a flat sample.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing small bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of initially, a whiff of steak fat, then a hint of warm bread dough, rich leaf tea, biscuity, liquorice, a hint of caramel, baked apple, beeswax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of Danish pastry, warm malted bread dough, a hint of powdered ginger. A medium length, with a creamy mousse, and a medium persistence.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a sound intensity throughout, similar concentration; showing some complexity; the gas pressure is middling and mousse persistence waning, both indicative, I think, of a bottling with some age. Finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year, perhaps two at the outside – a sound structure, but the gas pressure is on the wane and the finish middling.